OBITUARY

Margie Louise Dodd

Born July 14, 1937
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Margie Louise (Taylor) Dodd, 80, Kokomo, went to be with her Lord and Savior in the early hours on March 2nd, 2018. "Angels above, below, and all around you"

Margie was born on July 14th, 1937 to Myra Marie (Bewley) in East Prairie, Missouri.

Margie married Harley Dodd on September 6th, 1958 in Kokomo, Indiana.

She is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 60 years, Harley Allen Dodd, sister Mary (Don) Anderson, children Linda Dodd, Donna (Larry) Massey, Deloris (James) Shelly, and Darlene (Greg) Avery; grandchildren Tasha (Amber Kelley) Dodd, Jess (Micah) Dodd, Rob (Katt Vannett) Booth, Korey White, and Kevin (Cassie) Shelly. She is also survived by five great grandchildren Destiny, Ashlyn, Chase, Malachi, Connor, one great grandson on the way, and several nieces and nephews. Throughout the years Margie and Harley adopted by love several kids, grandkids, and great grandkids whom they loved dearly. The family would like to express their love and appreciation for Margie's best friend of nearly 50 years, Betty Willis for being with her throughout the years.

Margie received her diploma from Kokomo High School in her forty's showing her determination to set the standard for her family. Margie was a lifetime member of Pathway of Hope Church, where she taught Sunday school and strengthened her faith in her Lord and Savior. She enjoyed reading her daily prayers, caring for others and her family.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Pfeifer and staff, Great Lakes Caring, Comfort Keepers, and Comfort Home Health for their compassionate care over the years.

She was preceded in death by her mother Myra, brother Sonny (Peg) Harvey, Beth (Sam) Lewis, Ree (Pratt) Bailey, and Jo (Bill) Huffman.

Services will be on Tuesday March 6th, 2018 at 7:00pm with visitation from 4:00pm until the time of service with Pastor Matt officiating at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street Chapel.

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Biography

      If anyone really cared for someone else it would have to be Margie Louise Dodd. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Margie was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

      Margie was born at her home in East Prairie, Missouri. She was the daughter of Myra Marie (Jones) Besley. Margie was raised in Missouri, Illinois and then Indiana. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Margie was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Margie's personality throughout her life.

      Though Margie was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Margie was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Margie worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Margie was raised with 5. Elizabeth, William, Mandy, Josephine and Mary. Margie and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Margie was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Margie was always tactful. One thing Margie will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Margie had a number of interests and was an active child. Margie played baseball. In her spare time she liked Reading, sewing, playing cards, board games and playing baseball. She loved her family and friends.

      For Margie, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Margie was also adept at details. Margie was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Saint Henry's. She left school in 10th grade and went back to get her GED in 1988. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Any class that had to do with reading and sewing. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Black. She loved making her own clothes in sewing class.

      There was one thing that all of Margie's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Margie was such a popular person throughout her life. But Margie was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Margie was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Margie was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Margie was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Margie was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Margie made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friends were JoAnn Parker and Deloris Ann Brolon. Later in life, she became friends with Betty and Gerry Willis for over 45 years.

      Margie was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Margie cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On September 6, 1958 Margie married Harley Allan Dodd at St. Joan of Arc of Kokomo, Indiana. Compassionate and devoted, Margie worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Margie and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Margie was blessed with 4 children, Linda, Donna, Deloris and Darlene. They were also blessed with 5 grandchildren, Tasha, Jess, Robert, Korey and Kevin. Margie was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Margie was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Margie would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Margie, and she expected the same from those around her. Margie was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Margie was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Margie handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was Home Health Care. She was employed for 10 years at World Color Press/Cueno and 10 years in Home Care. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      A methodical woman, Margie enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were being a softball coach, playing softball, playing cards with her friends and working the polls during election time.

      Margie was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Margie was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Recreational sports included horseback riding with her daughters and playing softball. Margie also liked dancing and the Olympics.

      Margie was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. She was appreciated and respected. She could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about her own values and beliefs. Politically, Margie strongly supported the Democratic party and she worked at the Democrat offices and polls.

     Her high moral standards and traditional values served Margie well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She attended Pathway of Hope. She taught Sunday school classes and she was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

      A generous and compassionate woman, Margie accomplished much during her lifetime. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Margie was recognized and given awards for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. She got her GED when she was 49 years old.

      Not only did Margie enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. She had gone on a cruise with her husband and visiting family in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.

      Margie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Missy, a Collie, who was a best friend for over 10 years. She also had tropical fish.

      Since it was easy for Margie to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Margie was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2000. During her retirement she attended church, enjoyed reading, family and friends. Even in retirement, Margie stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

       Unfortuneatly she became so ill that she was bed bound for 14 months. Surviving her are childen, Linda, Donna, Deloris, Darlene, grandchildren, Tasha, Jess, Robert, Korey, Kevin, great grandchildren, Destiny and Chase Booth, Ashlyn Dodd, Malchi and Connor Shelly and a great grandson on the way. A celebration of life was at Ellers Mortuary Webster Chapel in Kokomo Indiana and her ashes are now at home with her husband.

      Margie was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Margie was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Margie Louise Dodd.